.

Phil Collins Donates Collection of 200 Alamo Artifacts

Musican is believed to own the largest private collection of items related to historic battle

Phil Collins
Rick Kern/WireImage)
June 26, 2014 5:25 PM ET

Phil Collins will donate his collection of over 200 artifacts related to the 1836 Battle of the Alamo to the historic site in San Antonio, Texas, the Associated Press reports.

'Rolling Stone' Readers Pick the 10 Best Phil Collins Songs

The musician is believed to own the largest private collection of Alamo-related items, and at a press conference outside the shrine, he joked that he amassed it by spending "all the money that I made from music."

"Some people would buy Ferraris. Some people would buy houses. I bought old bits of metal and old bits of paper," Collins said. "It's at my home, in my basement in Switzerland. I look at it every day, but no one else was enjoying it."

Among the items in Collins' collection are a rifle and leather shot pouch owned by Davy Crockett, as well as a pair of powder horns the folk hero supposedly gave to a a Mexican officer before his death. Collins said that his favorite item was a receipt for a saddle bought by John W. Smith, a messenger who rode through Mexican lines in hopes of securing reinforcements.

"I've had a love affair with this place since I was about 5 years old," Collins said, noting his fascination with the famous battle where 1,500 Mexican troops laid siege to 200 Texans began with the Disney miniseries Davy Crockett. "It was something that I used to go and play in the garden with my soldiers."

Collins will pay to have the items shipped to San Antonio, and while some of them will be on display as soon as October, a new building to house much of the collection will be constructed in the near future. The musician also promised to keep collecting, adding "once I've lived with whatever I buy for a month, I'll ship it over here."

Back in 2012, Collins even authored a book about his fascination with the Alamo, The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector's Journeyand during an interview with Rolling Stone spoke about the aforementioned saddle receipt and the genesis of his massive collection: "At one point in the 1980s, I was in Washington and I found a shop called the Gallery of History. They had a Crockett letter in there, which I came across by accident. It was too expensive for my pocket. I've outspent that many times over since, but at the time I was like, 'Wow, I didn't know that existed, but it's too expensive.' But my third wife gave me a Christmas present that was a receipt for a saddle by one of the Alamo couriers. Once I had something to hang on the wall, then I started to look for other things to hang on the wall."

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com